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					                   PAMIS
         Multi-sensory Storytelling

Working & learning together for involvement
               29th October
         Acorn Centre, Inverurie

             Jenny Whinnett
       PAMIS Grampian Co-ordinator
                     Communication

     Most people with PMLD have no speech
      - communication is usually non-verbal

     A minority will use a few single words

     Some are able to use a few signs and/or
      symbols - eg Makaton, Boardmaker or
      SignAlong

pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
                  Why Storytelling?

   Worldwide tradition of storytelling
  Storytelling is an age-old tradition that has
  existed since the dawn of time and in every
 culture. It is many things to many people. It
    is entertainment, a way of passing on a
 culture‟s history, or a way of teaching to both
   the young and old. Storytelling is an art.
                                                                    Lambe 2002



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Storytelling: an
age old tradition


An Séanachai
                  The Importance of
                     Storytelling

“One must have a story, it‟s one of the things humans do.
              Not just have a story, but tell a story”
                                                            Chinua Achebe 2000

“Storytelling is a vital ingredient of human experiences”
                                                                  Keith Park 1999

“….for most of human history „literature‟, both fiction and
 poetry has been narrated, not written, heard, not read”
                                                              Angela Carter 1991


 pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
         Multi-sensory Storytelling
          Principles – The Book

        The Pages

        7 or less
        Colour is neutral
        Reading card is laminated (matte)



pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
           Multi-sensory Storytelling
            Principles – The Book

        The Sentences

         On reading card
         One or two per page
         Short and rounded
         No word overload


pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
           Multi-sensory Storytelling
            Principles – The Book

        The Stimuli

        One per page

        Speech (word sounds relate to the
         concrete object/material)

        Age appropriate



pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
           Multi-sensory Storytelling
            Principles – The Book

        The Book Cover

        The Box is the cover

        Tactile symbol & title (1 or 2 words)

        Recognition & choice-making




pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
                   Principles – The
                      Storyteller
 Uses voice expressively                              Objects are always
       intonation, inflection, tone pitch,             presented in the same
        volume
                                                        way
       speaks slowly and use pauses
       implies atmosphere
                                                       Presents objects within
       allows time for acoustic                        person’s personal field
        processing
                                                        of vision, hearing
                                                        & reach
 Stick to the storyline
       no deviation/ad lib                            Reading is an active
       but, encourages, prompts the                    process
        person to interact with the
        stimulus



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                    Example of a
                 Multi-sensory Story




                         page & stimuli                  complete story
The box – the book
cover & tactile title


pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
          PAMIS Real Lives: Real Stories

        Personalised                                  Tactile symbol,
                                                        (sign) and word(s)

        Designed and
         developed by                                  Accompanied by a
         parents, carers & staff                        photo storybook

                                                       Built-in agreed
        Based on real                                  learning targets
         experiences

                                                       Progress evaluated


pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
Susan Seaside Story
                            Evaluation
   Parents
    “The story was an activity to share with the family”
      “It was tailor made for my daughter‟s enjoyment
                        and interest”
    “My son has an entertaining and educational story
      that gives him pleasure, and informs him too”
 “Her responses are much better than I had expected, it
  is difficult for me to get things she responses to, but
     with her story she responds to the stimuli most
                            times”
pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
                            Evaluation

  Teachers

 “She has shown lovely positive reactions to the
                       final pages”
“She never tires of hearing it and always responds
     positively to it - head up and eye contact!”
“They have been great for encouraging all kinds of
  awareness not only sensory but also social and
  have become a really valuable tool in the class”


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         Exploring Literacy…
     Through multi-sensory stories

Focus for
setting specific                                                Collaboration
                                   Interaction
learning                           Enjoyment
targets & new                       Attention
skills                              Listening
                                  Recognition
                                                                  Library of
                                 Comprehension
                                                                  personal
                                    Learning
                                                                  sensory
                                  Anticipation
                                                                  storybooks
                                  Sequencing
Support and                        GOOD FUN
information
                                                              Teaching and
sharing within the
                                                              training
development
                                                              materials
group
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      Parents’ comments on the
     need for accessible material
  “… she appears terrified and I don‟t know where to
   start, I cannot find any materials that are appropriate
           or suitable for her developmental level”
                      Mother of 9 yr old girl, who had just begun menstruating


   “…he constantly tries to open doors in the house
     looking for him (his dad) he seems puzzled and
   depressed. I don‟t know what to do, how to explain
              that Chris is not coming back”
                                  Parent whose partner had died very suddenly


pamis – in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities & their carers
                     Contact Details

                                           Mrs J Whinnett
                                           Grampian Co-ordinator
                                           Unit 5 Badentoy Business Centre
                                           Badentoy Crescent
                                           Portlethen
                                           Aberdeenshire
                                           AB12 4YD

                                           E-mail:
                                           jenny.pamis@btconnect.com
                                           Tel: 0044 (0) 1224 784456




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